As we continue to go through Medearis’ book, we now reach Chapter two which describes what Muslims believe (as well as the pillars of Islam).
Remember that the key to reaching people is to understand them and their perspective. We need to understand what they believe and why they believe it.
Therefore, the first topic that we will cover is what Muslims believe about God.
Muslims believe that there is one true God: Allah. The oneness of Allah is very important to them. He is whole and has no division.
NOTE: Many Muslims believe that the idea of a trinity degrades the identity of God. The concept of the trinity is offensive mainly because their concept of who God is focuses on His “lack of division” or “Oneness.” According to Medearis this is due to a misunderstanding of what the trinity actually is. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet and nothing more. Therefore, in the mind of a Muslim Christians elevate Jesus to the stature of God. This idea is irreverent to them. Muslims believe that if you make a person equal with God, you have committed an unforgivable sin, known as shirk or blasphemy against God.
That being said, we must be careful when introducing concepts such as the trinity. The goal is not to introduce a “different God” or “the Christian God” but rather to help them see that they have had misconceptions about who God is. They have been lied to about God’s identity as well as His character. Our goal is for them to fully understand who God is IN JESUS CHRIST. Attacking a Muslim’s perception of God through debate or confrontation will only hurt the process. They must see who God is through the Holy Spirit.
Medearis points out that this is how Simon Peter knew Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you...for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my father in heaven’” (Matthew 16:16-17)
“A recent study (whose authors prefer to remain unnamed) showed that the overwhelming majority of Muslims who came to faith in Jesus Christ and began following him did so because of personal spiritual revelation and through miracles. Very few embraced Jesus due to the use of apologetics or through doctrinal debate.”